While appearing on the Channel 4 show The Last Leg, Miriam Margolyes caused uproar when she admitted that she was wanting Boris Johnson to die after hearing he had been admitted to hospital with the virus. Her comments caused shocked replies from viewers, however, she quickly went on to say that she didn’t want to be remembered as “the sort of person who would wish someone dead” and DID want him to recover. The Prime Minister was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late March and admitted to hospital where he underwent treatment in Intensive Care before being allowed home to fully recover.
Margolyes, a staunch Labour supporter and life long political activist, admitted on the program that she was torn about her feelings regarding the Prime Minister’s health. Although she did make the shocking comments, she rapidly clarified they were fleeting thoughts and she did want him to “get better”, both in health and as a person.